Paula Cocozza

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‘My body is where it wants to be’ says Joan Macdonald

Joan Macdonald has not always looked like a bodybuilder. At 71, she weighed 90kg (14st 4lb), and had rising blood pressure and kidney troubles. She wa(...)

Nell Frizzell: Gives an extraordinary amount of detail about everyday events

 “Fertility is such a difficult feminist issue because our biology hasn’t caught up with our politics.” In her bracing debut, The Panic Years, jo(...)

Kate Allinson (left) and Kay Featherstone. Photograph: Mike English

Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson were at a Spice Girls concert last spring, just two figures in a sea of people. As they gazed around the stadium, F(...)

Living apart can mean couples prioritise preserving the relationship over resolving issues, one sociologist has said. Photograph: iStock

Living apart together (LAT) by choice is seen by sociologists as a new facet to an old arrangement. With new research showing that couples are increas(...)

Journalist-turned-author Libby Page: By comparison with some of her contemporaries’ efforts ‘The Lido’ is found wanting

While there are elements of Libby Page’s debut The Lido that deserve praise, not least its endearing narrative of two female friends 60 years apart in(...)

A retelling of King Lear set in a corrupt, contemporary India. A young Finnish girl’s bleakly funny immigrant childhood. A Trinity graduate’s languid (...)

Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: The human need for connection is this heart-rending novel’s central theme. Photograph: Philippa Gedge

For aspiring writers out there, Gail Honeyman’s route to publication is the stuff of dreams. Motivated by turning 40, the Scottish author wrote her de(...)

Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace is a beautifully sad and funny debut that disturbs the peace and makes no apologies for doing so. Photograph: Hanly Banks Callahan

“How is anybody supposed to live with anything?” In her extraordinary debut, Patty Yumi Cottrell gives her 32-year-old narrator Helen Moran the imposs(...)

Paula Cocozza: “From Mary’s belief that the animal is flirting – ‘He had winked at her!’ – to her vivid descriptions of his coat and muzzle, Cocozza’s blurring of the animal and human worlds is seamless.”

Why be happy when you could be normal? It’s a great question and an even better title, as chosen by Jeanette Winterson for her acclaimed memoir on gro(...)

Paula Cocozza: observes what she calls “social brokenness” – “We live our lives removed from the people next door, from the people we sit next to at work.”

It’s a gloriously sunny morning and I’m chatting to Paula Cocozza when she suddenly gets distracted. “Oh, a jay just flew by my window,” she exclaims.(...)